Spoiler alert: I didn't photograph this wedding. I feel like I should put that out there in the beginning. In case you missed my facebook post, this was the first wedding that I have ever had to miss, thanks to a stomach bug. But it was still a big victory, thanks to planning and teamwork!
I had been very much looking forward to McKensie and Phil's wedding day. They are in love, laid back, and fun. Top it off with the fact that they were getting married at the beautiful Wind Dancer Retreat and serving TACOS for dinner, and you've got a winner in the wedding department.
My stomach bug hit fast and furious, as most do, the day before the wedding. As I was in the ER getting IV medication, I was already putting plans in place to get McKensie and Phil taken care of. I'm so thankful I have a network of photographer friends who are willing to step in and help in an emergency! Jacyln (of Jaclyn Rose Photography) graciously agreed to be my backup plan. Ayla Kiepert (of Ayla Kiepert Photography) was already scheduled to second shoot with me that day. By the afternoon, I was starting to feel a bit better, and thought that I was going to be able to make it! But Mother Nature laughed and round two hit. At this point, I made sure Jaclyn and Ayla had the timeline, portrait list, and all the briefing notes they would need to handle the wedding. I also let McKensie know, and can we all just pause here for a moment and acknowledge her for rolling with the punches?? She trusted me that I had it handled, and I am forever grateful for her trust.
On the wedding day, I was still stuck in bed. I was looking at my watch all day long, practically in tears, thinking about what Phil and McKensie would be doing at that moment. I can't tell you how happy I was to get the files from Jaclyn and see how wonderful they were. Here's the awesome thing: If someone else has to shoot for me, I still edit them. As long as a competent professional takes in focus images with appropriate portrait lighting, the rest is editing. I was able to edit Jaclyn's images in my style, and I betcha you can't tell that I didn't take them! This is also due to Jaclyn being a complete professional who took the time to study my images and make sure she got my signature poses.
So here you have it. The first collaboration collection I've ever blogged. Shot by Jaclyn (and Ayla, for the one of McKensie walking down the aisle!) edited by me, starring the new Mr. and Mrs. LeFevre. I think they are amazing.